Sunday, July 25, 2010

Boozy Sour Cherry Compote



Are sour cherries even in season anymore? I made this so long ago, I have no idea.  Things have been so hectic lately that I have fallen behind with blogging, cooking, and life in general, I'm afraid.

If you can find  sour cherries, I highly recommend that you make this immediately. If not, well ... bookmark it for next year, I guess. Apologies! I will be a better blogger.


Boozy Sour Cherry Compote

1 pint sour cherries
3 T sugar
1 T honey
1/2 tsp powdered vanilla
4 T cherry liqueur
1/4 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice

First, pit the cherries. (I don't have a cherry pitter, and I resisted the temptation to go out and buy yet another kitchen gadget. You could say it's getting a bit ... overrun with them around here. It really wasn't a big deal to do it by hand.)
Next, just combine all of the ingredients, bring to a boil, and lower the heat, simmering gently until the mixture is thick and, for lack of a better word, compote-like.  Did I mention that this is really, really easy?

The liqueur gives it a nice kick, and while it's sweet, it's not cloying. It's the perfect thing to go on top of Greek yogurt. While this stuff lasted - which wasn't long - cherry compote on Greek yogurt became my breakfast (and lunch) addiction. :

And there you have it. Hopefully the horrendous heat in my neck of the woods will abate a bit, work things will calm down, and I can once again dive into doing what I love most in the world - cooking, eating, and writing about it all.





24 comments:

  1. Mmmmm, delicious! Lovely photos, Trix.

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  2. You are a woman after my own heart...I look forward to sour cherry season every year...this is one of the reasons. It's gorgeous...and I totally wish I didn't eat mine from last year like it was going out of style. mmmmm... it's the tail-end of the season here, but I think I can still ather up a few stragglers ;) YUM!

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  3. Hey Trix! I love the idea of this compote. I bet your recipe could be done with an array of berries too-like whatever's in season in any part of the world type of thing. Yummerz!

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  4. What a wonderful compote...Sour cherries, so good:)

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  5. No sour cherries, here, but recipe copied, as instructed... come visit when you can...

    Twitter: SolarChief

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  6. Trix....you hd me at boozy...lol.But seriously would be good wit regular cherries too, know? Just bought some.

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  7. For the love of food! You are still busy doing what you love to do, write about cooking! I love it! This recipe sounds very hiccup good yummy,. Tell me about being busy! I know you are just reading some of your fabulous stuff on Urbanite...hope I spelled it right~ Anyway ...never had sour cherries you just gave me a great reason to try some!~

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  8. Deliciousness on top of some Greek yogurt or ice cream. Beautiful photography!

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  9. ya know boozy got my attention - I think I'll take mine over over some rum cake...

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  10. Hi Trix, I have like 3 or 4 cherry pitters in my kitchen drawer, they're all vintage ones that my mom gave me to give to all my kids, I would love to send you one, seriously, send me an email with your mailing info, Patty
    ps, the cherries look yummy!

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  11. Fabulous compote with kick....mmmm. I like it. This would be great over ice cream too....mmm

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  12. Chin up babe! I am feeling the heat too.... work is piling and still I want to keep up with what I love.

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  13. Great recipe for the compote. Love the addition of the alcohol.

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  14. I've never had sour cherries, but "boozy" got my attention ;) Sounds amazing on yoghurt. I have regular cherries in my fridge, maybe those would work too?

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  15. Oh I know how addictive Greek yogurt and fruit compote can be! Sour cherries are used in France to macerate in liquor and I love them. I don't think I have seen them around here though

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  16. Trixie Girl! You hang in there! I feel sort of out of the loop, too, esp. re: this Urbanite thing you do--I need to check it out! But I fear the black hole that IS the internet sometimes sucks the life outta me, so I look away, step outside and find all is right with the world again!

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  17. i love sour cherries! i usually just buy my own from the local co-op, but this looks so easy and delicious, i'll have to make my own next time i run out.

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  19. Wow, those cherries are so pretty! I want some!

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  20. I don't think I've ever seen sour cherries for sale here. It is possible however that I get so excited when non-sour cherries come into season that I don't notice the sour sisters. You have brought my attention to the fact that I've never made a boozy compote before though! What a fool I've been making non-boozy ones all this time!

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  21. I know this is supposed to be a cooking blog, but your photography is pretty darn amazing too!

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  22. Hmmm..mm... this sounds pretty awesome! I don't mind having this for my lunch....maybe with french toast or pancakes! hehe... Thanks for sharing. Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Cheers, kristy

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  23. Trixie,

    Thanks for the kind words!

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